Health & Medicine

  • Your Gut Is Good For You: Benevolent Belly Fat Modulates Immune System, Helps Repair Tissue Damage

    June 06 2012 5:19 PM

    Researchers have found that a particular kind of belly fat is involved in regulating the immune system, opening the door for new kinds of drugs for auto-immune diseases like Crohn's disease and lupus.

  • Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak Hits Scotland: 1 Dead, Number Of Infected May Increase

    June 06 2012 11:19 AM

    Legionnaires' disease has broken out in Scotland, causing one death and leaving at least 40 other people critically ill. Authorities are searching for the source of the disease, as the number of infected citizens in and around Edinburgh continues to rise since the first case was reported Thursday.

  • Untreatable Gonorrhea Spreading Around World: WHO

    June 06 2012 9:47 AM

    The emergence of drug-resistant or superbug strains of gonorrhoea is caused by unregulated access to and overuse of antibiotics, which helps fuel natural genetic mutations within the bacteria.

  • Therapy For Depression Can Work Over The Phone [STUDY]

    June 06 2012 9:36 AM

    More people dropped out of face-to-face talk therapy than telephone-based therapy in a new study.

  • Kia Recalls 73,000 Rio Sedans For Airbag Defect

    June 05 2012 5:46 PM

    Kia Motors Corporation (Seoul: 000270) is recalling 72,568 model year 2006 to 2008 Kia Rio cars due to a defect which can cause deployment of airbags when children are in the passenger seat during a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Tuesday.

  • How To Be Dazzled By The Transit of Venus, Not Blinded

    June 05 2012 11:58 AM

    Since Venus will only be covering up between 2 percent and 3 percent of the solar disc, watching the event with your naked eye will basically be like staring directly into the sun.

  • FDA Urged To Rethink Antibiotics In Animal Feed

    June 05 2012 9:24 AM

    Groups concerned that overuse of antibiotics in animal feed is endangering human health by creating antibiotic-resistant superbugs scored a small legal victory Monday when a federal judge told the FDA to take a second look at its decision to reject citizen petitions on the issue.

  • U.S. Drug Recalls Common, Not Well Publicized [Study]

    June 05 2012 9:09 AM

    A new study found that the FDA failed to send notifications for one in five of the most serious recalls through its two electronic systems used to alert doctors and the public.

  • Study Questions Fruit Sugar Role In Hypertension

    June 04 2012 10:17 AM

    Carbonated and cola drinks were most strongly linked to a risk for hypertension, but fruit sugar, or fructose, in drinks did not stand out as a driving factor, according to a new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

  • Hope For Late-Stage Lung Cancer? Two-Drug Combo Activates Genes That Help Tumors Self-Destruct

    June 01 2012 4:05 PM

    Researchers think that using the anti-psychotic medication trifluoperazine in combination with the lung cancer drug erlotinib could be a potent combination to fight advanced lung cancer.

  • Hospitals Fight Drug Scarcity, Fear Patients Harmed

    June 01 2012 11:40 AM

    The growing scarcity of sterile, injectable drugs is one of the biggest issues confronting hospitals across the country, and will be a key issue at the annual American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago this weekend.

  • Coke, McDonald's Blast Bloomberg Bid To Ban Big Soda Sales

    June 01 2012 11:33 AM

    New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to ban sales of large soda drinks drew swift criticism from beverage makers and retailers, who say consumers should be able to make their own decisions.

  • The Risky Business of Medical Reporting [COMIC]

    May 31 2012 5:44 PM

    New drug cuts cancer risk by 30%! Newly discovered gene raises cancer risk by 30%! You've probably seen headlines like these before, but what you might not know is that those percentages might not tell the whole story.

  • Chagas Disease Labeled 'New AIDS Of The Americas' As 'Kissing Bug' Spreads Deadly Virus

    May 31 2012 5:38 PM

    Chagas disease has the potential to become the new AIDS of the Americas after scientists discovered a parasitic infection passed on by so-called kissing bugs, according to a recently-published study.

  • The Buzz On NYC Mosquitoes: Get Ready

    May 30 2012 10:58 AM

    A warm winter and a rainy spring equals a lot of mosquitoes in the Big Apple.

  • Radioactive Bluefin Tuna: Great Monster-Movie Idea, But No Threat To Humans, Scientists Find

    May 29 2012 4:34 PM

    Pacific bluefin tuna carried radioactive isotopes from the site of the Fukushima disaster to the coast of California, but the levels of contamination were well below safety standards in the U.S. and Japan, and well below the levels of other naturally occurring radioactive isotopes in the fish, a new study says.

  • Marijuana Fails To Slow Progress Of Multiple Sclerosis In UK Study

    May 29 2012 9:54 AM

    Cannabis capsules failed to slow the progression of multiple sclerosis in a large British study, dealing a blow to hopes that the drug could provide long-term benefits for patients with the debilitating nerve disease.

  • 'Agent Orange' Judge Weinstein Gets Memorial Day Honor

    May 28 2012 9:19 AM

    U.S. District Court Judge Jack B. Weinstein, 90, best known for settling the Agent Orange cases stemming from the Vietnam War, was honored as grand marshal of the Memorial Day Parade at home in Great Neck, N.Y. Monday.

  • Sleep Apnea May Increase Cancer Death Risk

    May 26 2012 4:39 PM

    Sleep apnea is already linked to a host of health problems, but according to new research, it can also raise your risk of dying from cancer. Cancer patients with sleep apnea have a higher risk of dying from their cancer than those without sleep apnea, researchers said.

  • Tasers Can Kill, Says American Heart Association [STUDY]

    May 24 2012 10:48 AM

    Roughly 16,000 police agencies around the world use Tasers, the electroshock weapons that send electrical currents to disrupt voluntary control over one's muscles, but law enforcement officers only prefer Tasers because they can subdue unruly people in a non-lethal, non-violent way. A new study released by the American Heart Association's journal on Monday, however, provides scientific, peer-reviewed evidence to the contrary.